The Art of Rust
2729 E Indian School Rd, 85016
You’ve probably driven past it dozens of times—possibly hundreds, without giving it a second glance. And why would you? There’s no signage, no marquee, no indication whatsoever as to the treasures awaiting the curious inside the unassuming building squatting on the corner of Indian School and 28th Street.
The random assortment of lawn and garden items, sculptures, and rusty, metal relics sprawled out front belies a unique place; part antique shop, part scrap yard, part lawn and garden store and part artist studio. It’s called The Art of Rust, and contains a fantastic array of vintage pieces, cogs and gears, signs, wall hangings, plant holders, rusty décor, and unique, original pieces.
Fans of the steampunk movement will fall in love with this amazing trove of imagination-fueling items. You have to pick your way carefully through both the exterior and interior areas of the store, which overflow with amazing finds, but it’s a treasure hunt well worth the effort.
The Art of Rust is a labor of love, conceived in the mind of artist Jack Brosseit, a fun-loving and creative man who spent most of his adult life working in the furniture business and wanted something to do after retiring. The store is only in its second year, and even though Brosseit doesn’t put much time into publicizing or advertising, word is spreading. Artists and decorators can’t get their hands onto his items quickly enough; you’ll find them in hotels and restaurants all over the Valley.
At first, Brosseit, a graduate of the art programs at both Colorado State University and the Chicago Art Institute, started the business on a much smaller scale, creating and selling pottery. He started to add vintage and metal pieces to his collection of items, and quickly noticed a trend.
“The plants were dying and people were more interested in the antiques and pottery, so we evolved into an eclectic arrangement of rusty stuffs,” Brosseit says.
Most of the pieces in the shop were found during trips to different parts of the country, scouring flea markets and yard sales, bargaining with like-minded collectors, or created by Brosseit himself through mediums of paint, pottery and welding. Due to the amount of time it takes to find his unique pieces, and the fact that, after all, he is retired, Brosseit makes his own hours.
Typically, he’s open three to four days a week. He posts the days and times on his website the week before. Last summer he closed up shop for an entire month to go back East on a buying trip. He filled his truck to the brim, and this year he’s considering buying a larger vehicle to bring back more.
In the future, Brosseit would like to expand his operation, hoping to secure a property with more outdoor space to create bigger and better displays and vignettes. He still doesn’t plan on putting up a sign. You won’t find Jack conforming to anyone else’s way of doing business.
“We want to be a little bit out of the ordinary,” he says. “We don’t want to be your typical place, and I don’t think we are. Doing things a little bit differently, it’s part of the charm. People are tired of plastic and generic-looking stuff, and they can come here and get unique pieces. Between the decorators, the artists, and the homemakers, that’s our business.”